New England leadership retreat is cool fun

Forget sunshine, swimming and tan lines. An especially cool, rainy day forced the recent YV New England leadership retreat to be held indoors, but that couldn’t dampen the high spirits of the New England staff.

Luckily, Executive Director Matt Stone’s double garage was large enough to provide space for about 50 supervisors, managers and other leadership for a day of learning, socializing and brainstorming on how to deal with tough work issues. So staff reclined in folding chairs, huddled under blankets and put on sweatshirts and rain coats to beat the chill as they listened to a presentation on “Crucial Conversations” and dove deep into ideas on how to help improve outcomes.

The day ended with the handing out of awards. There were few surprises about who’s the loudest, stays latest and arrives earliest, who’s the hardest to find in the office and who brings the best goodies to work. But there was lots of laughter because that’s the YV spirit.

Youth Villages Oregon has strong presence at Providence Bridge Pedal


A team of 30, including staff, board members, friends and family, recently represented Youth Villages Oregon at the 18th annual Providence Bridge Pedal, the third-largest community bike ride in the world. The course took riders across several of Portland’s bridges along the Willamette River and offered them a unique view of the city. The ride benefitted Providence Health & Services, a valuable donor to Youth Villages. The Youth Villages team enjoys making the Bridge Pedal an annual event and look forward to spending some time outdoors, exercising and bonding as a team.

Janiva Willis, clinical supervisor in Charlotte, NC, receives top award at MST conference

Janiva Willis with her MST Sustained Excellence Award

Janiva Willis with her MST Sustained Excellence Award

Janiva Willis, Youth Villages’ Charlotte, N.C., clinical supervisor, was recently honored at the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) International Conference in Charleston, S.C. She ranked in the top one percent of all MST therapists based upon her Therapist Adherence Measure (TAM) as rated by families. The TAM score predicts real-world, practical outcomes by assessing the counselor’s adherence to the MST treatment model.

“It was great to see MST being implemented all around the world and seeing the success rates in different areas of the country,” she said.

Janiva has served youth and families at Youth Villages since 2009 and is one of 20 people in the world to receive this honor. One of the many families Janiva helped succeed was featured in the Youth Villages newsletter New Heights; you can read Jaeqwaun’s story here.

Help young people succeed as a Behavioral Youth Counselor in Memphis


Are you looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference?

Youth Villages has openings now for behavioral youth counselors to help troubled young people overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges on our residential campuses in the Memphis area.

In this position, you will help children and their families to identify, understand and cope with their individual needs and develop the skills necessary to succeed in less restrictive settings. We have three different types of facilities — intensive residential centers, open campuses and group homes.

A Bachelor’s degree and experience working with youth is required, with experience working with at-risk youth a major plus.

Apply today: Behavioral Youth Counselor – Memphis, Tenn.

Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children’s mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans more than 25 years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services. Learn more at

Betsy Stark Miller promoted to assistant director of development for Youth Villages Oregon

Betsy Miller

Betsy Miller

Betsy Stark Miller of Portland has been promoted to assistant director of development for Youth Villages Oregon, a private nonprofit organization that provides intensive in-home services and residential treatment to children with emotional, behavioral and mental health problems. Miller previously served as development manager for Youth Villages Oregon. As development manager, she helped raise more than $1.8 million in a year and a half through Youth Villages Oregon’s Turning Point Campaign.

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources and development from the University of Oregon. She serves as chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and membership chairwoman for the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.
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We’re hiring social workers and counselors in Dyersburg, Tenn.

Youth Villages is seeking Master’s and Bachelor’s level social workers and counselors for in-home and foster care programs to work in the Dyersburg, Tenn. area. We’ll be holding a Career Fair for qualified applicants Feb. 4 and 5, 2013. Relocation assistance is available for these positions. Apply online now and recruiters will be in contact with qualified applicants with more information.

Dyersburg is located in northwest Tennessee, about 75 miles north of Memphis, and is the regional hub of a 10-county area, including parts of Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas.

Relocation assistance available for family counselor positions in Boone, NC

Want to know more about Boone? Check out the video above made by a student at Appalachian State.

Youth Villages is looking for great social workers and counselors interested in relocating to beautiful Boone, N.C. We provide intensive community-based counseling services to at-risk youth and families utilizing the Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) model. Our organization has been named as top 50 nonprofit to work for two years in a row. We believe strongly in helping our employees to develop their professional skills and grow within the organization.

Boone has been named one of the best small towns in America by many different sources (USA Today, Outside Magazine, and National Geographic Adventure). The town is well known among outdoors enthusiasts as the area offers top-notch cycling, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, rock climbing, and backpacking! If you prefer to stay on the pavement, the town offers a great downtown area and numerous cultural amenities such as an 18th century living history museum, a robust arts and crafts community, great shopping and dining, a local farmers’ market, Appalachian State University, and a wide variety of concerts and music festivals!

Relocation assistance is available for the Boone openings.

To learn more about Youth Villages and apply to our family counselor openings in Boone, please visit our careers section at If you’re ready now, apply for the position on

*Relocation assistance provided at the discretion of Youth Villages and can be discontinued without notice.

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